via Nikkei Asian Review, 05 August 2017:
Cambodia and Myanmar are looking for ways to promote jointly the ancient cities of Angkor and Bagan, two of the most important historical, religious, and archeological sites in Southeast Asia.
Tourism authorities and industry players from both countries have formed a working group that held its first meeting in Bagan in June to discuss joint promotion of the destinations, and airline and visa arrangements. A second meeting is planned for later in the year in Cambodia, and a bilateral agreement should be signed in 2018.
Source: Cambodia, Myanmar discuss joint promotion of Angkor, Bagan- Nikkei Asian Review
via Coconuts Yangon, 03 August 2017: The tourist was told multiple times to remove his shoes before entering the pagodas, but refused to do so
A tourist who was arrested for wearing shoes inside several Bagan pagodas has been sentenced to a month in jail.
Authorities say that the tourist, a Russian national, was given multiple warnings to take off her shoes but refused to comply.
Finally, locals went to the Nyaung-U police station and filed a case against the woman under Section 295 of the Penal Code for intentionally causing religious insult. Under the charge, the defendant faced a jail sentence of up to two years and/or a monetary fine.
Source: Russian tourist who wore shoes inside Bagan pagodas refuses to pay K500,000 fine, gets one-month jail sentence | Coconuts Yangon
via Myanmar Times, 03 August 2017:
A new place to view the world-famous Bagan pagodas will be opened this month in order to reduce the number of people going to the temples, U Soe Tint, administrator for the Nyaung Oo district, said on Tuesday.
Source: New place to view Bagan pagodas
via Jakarta Post, 31 July 2017
Central Java ready to host annual Borobudur Festival
…The event that ran from July 28 to 30 featured plenty of arts and cultural activities, seminar, human resource training, local products and culinary exhibitions.
“We hope that BIF can be held more frequently, make it into an annual or biannual event,” Esthy suggested.
Central Java governor Ganjar Pranowo welcome the suggestion of making BIF as an annual event. Ganjar said that the event positively contributes to the enhancement of Indonesian tourism, especially in Central Java.
Source: Central Java ready to host annual Borobudur Festival – News – The Jakarta Post
via Jakarta Post, 20 July 2017: The Borobudur Tourism Authority Board has just been set up, and its goal is to attract 2 million visitors by 2019.
The new BOP will turn Borobudur into a national and international cultural destination that will attract 2,000,000 overseas tourists by the year of 2019.
Source: Borobudur Tourism Authority Board now opens for business – News – The Jakarta Post
via Khmer Times, 24 July 2017:
Cambodia is to create a heritage tourism package after Kampong Thom’s Prei Kuk Temple was listed by UNESCO.
Source: Heritage tours to be packaged – Khmer Times
via TTR Weekly, 25 July 2017: Angkor Park staff get CPR training
Apsara Authority in a joint effort with a Japanese Volunteer Medical Team launched a one-day First Aid Training session, last week, for 40 tourist officers of the Department of Angkor Tourism Development.
According to the authority, the training introduced officers to the basics and also how to respond if a visitor to the historical park suffered a heart attack.
Source: First Aid training at Angkor park : TTR Weekly
vis Khmer Times, 17 July 2017: China has unveiled a plan to promote tourism in Siem Reap, in response to the increased number of tourists to Angkor. Chinese tourists have increased dramatically in recent years, due to warm relations betweem Cambodia and China.
China revealed plan to help Cambodia by establishing a comprehensive tourism plan for Siem Reap province.
Source: Cambodia tourism to get Chinese help – Khmer Times
via Khmer Times, 13 July 2017: Indonesian and Cambodian travel industry meets to find ways to co-promote tourism in each others’ countries, notably to cross-promote the World Heritage Sites of Angkor and Borobudur.
More than 40 tourism sector specialists from Cambodia and Indonesia met to discuss the possibility of partnering.
Source: Indonesia promotes tourism links – Khmer Times
18 July 2017, Khmer Times and various sources: Tourism to Sambor Prei Kuk has seen a boost since it was listed as a World Heritage Site last week.
PM Hun Sen has called on international committee responsible for safeguarding Angkor Wat to extend coverage to the Sambor Prei Kuk.
Source: Tourists flock to Sambor Prei Kuk – Khmer Times